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In 2014, this naturalist had yet another species named after him. A grasshopper, over 200 million years old, was found trapped in amber. The scientist leading the team that made the discovery named it after this person because he has an interest in amber and was also a personal hero to the scientist.

Who is this naturalist?

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This day last year: Q.1034


Now a museum docked in California, USA, the USS Hornet was an aircraft carrier from the 1940s till 1970. On June 26, 2014, the museum held an event called "Splashdown 45". What was the event commemorating?

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This day last year: Q.1033


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In July 2014, Germany indicated its interest in helping cleaning up something in India, based on its past success in cleaing up the German equivalent.

The proposed Indian project has been one of the major priorities of the new Indian government.

What are the Indian and German entities in question?

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This day last year: Q.1032


Image: Camphor Cinema

This 2014 biographical film has dialogues in Tamil and English. The films have been shot in locations in Tamil Nadu such as Namakkal, Kumbakonam, and Madras and in England in Cambridge and London.

Who is the film based on?

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This day last year: Q.1031


David Mitchell is an author, perhaps well-known for his experimental story-telling in works such as "Cloud Atlas" (made into a film in 2012). In 2014, he experimentally (and serially) published a story called "The Right Sort" to promote his upcoming novel "The Bone Clocks".

To do this experiment, he first wrote down sentences of the story in a certain manner which made it easier to publish them. What was the experiment?

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This day last year: Q.1029


The Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy won the 2014 (British) Open Golf Championships, leading from start to finish. In doing so, he became the 3rd player aged 25 or under to win three of the four 'Majors'. Who are the other two who make up this very exclusive list?

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This day last year: Q.1028


The family of Kaylene Mann, an Australian, has been characterised as being one of the most unlucky people in the world, due to two events in 2014. In contrast, a Dutch cyclist named Maarten de Jonge has been depicted as being one of the luckiest, also due to the same two events.

What events and why?

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This day last year: Q.1027


"Lacey Jonas" is a minor character in the 2013 video game "Grand Theft Auto V" who is a film star by profession. In the game, she needs help with evading annoying mediapeople.

In July 2014, a real-life Hollywood starlet sued the makers of the game claiming that the character's look and personality was based on her. Which actress?

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This day last year: Q.1026


The Nobel Prize-winning South African author Nadine Gordimer died in July 2014. She was particularly well-known for her anti-discriminatory stance on several issues, particularly against the apartheid policy of her country.

Apart from the Nobel, Gordimer won several other awards such as the Booker Prize. She famously rejected her shortlist for another notable literary award, the Orange Prize in 1998. Why did she do so?

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This day last year: Q.1025


The conflict between Israeli forces and Palestinian groups intensified in mid-2014. One of the major events that led to this was the disappearance of three Israeli teenagers. Israel launched an operation to find these boys, which was named after a famous Biblical phrase from the story involving Adam's sons.

What phrase?

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This day last year: Q.1024


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At the 2014 FIFA World Cup, some Brazilians held up such posters of Mick Jagger (a member of the 'Rolling Stones' music group). Jagger had been closely tracked by local football fans. He had become unpopular after what he had said in places such as Portugal and the USA.

What was the reason for his unpopularity?

Images: Daily Mail

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This day last year: Q.1023


"Zindagi" is a TV channel launched in 2014 by the Zee TV network, and primarily features shows from Pakistan. One of its first shows is the 2009 TV series "Noorpur ki Rani", featuring two female leads.

The show is based on an English novel published in 1938, later made famous via an Alfred Hitchcock film. Which story?

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This day last year: Q.1022


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These type of vehicles get their popular English name from the literal translation of the Japanese "dangan ressha", indicative of its shape in the original design and its much talked-about speed. In Japan, the name for the network of lines these vehicles run on literally means "new trunk line".

Much discussed in India by the new government in 2014, what kind of vehicles are these and what is the Japanese name of the network?

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This day last year: Q.1021


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Argentina had bitter beginnings at the 2014 FIFA World Cup when they displayed this banner before a friendly against Slovenia ahead of starting their World Cup campaign. The whole team was placed under investigation for violating article 60 of the "FIFA stadium and security regulations" and article 52 of the "FIFA disciplinary code"

What did the Argentinian team convey to the world with the banner?

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This day last year: Q.1019


Several participants at the 2014 Tour de France complained about a social media phenomenon that added to the physical dangers of the competition. In this case, a non-participant could potentially cause a self-inflicted form of injury.

What were the cyclists and the Tour de France organisers worried about?

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This day last year: Q.1018


In 2014, the International Astronomical Union, like several other organisations in recent times, has announced a crowdsourcing competition to name certain astronomical objects, in an effort to engage amateur astronomers. These objects are defined as "planets outside the Solar System i.e. those that orbit a star other than the Sun".

What are these called?

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This day last year: Q.1017


"A Life In Three Octaves" is a biography of which doyenne from the Kirana Gharana of Hindustani Classical Music? (who like Bhimsen Joshi of the same Gharana hailed from the same region of Dharwad in Karnataka)

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This day last year: Q.1016


The last time these religious relics, located in India, were displayed to the public was in 2004. The norm is for a 'decennial exposition', i.e. this display is done once every ten years. The next exposition has thus been scheduled for 2014, starting from November.

What is this?

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This day last year: Q.1015


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In March 2014, an episode in the 25th season of this TV series was called "You Don't Have To Live Like A Referee". In this, a leading character is recruited as a referee for the 2014 FIFA World Cup matches including the Final, which predicted a Germany v Brazil match.

Which series?

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This day last year: Q.1014


In July 2014, the singer Taylor Swift wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on the future of music. In it she says:
"There are a few things I have witnessed becoming obsolete in the past few years, the first being ______. I haven't been asked for an ____ since the invention of the iPhone with a front-facing camera. The only memento "kids these days" want is a ______. It's part of the new currency...
Fill in the blanks, the first two being the same word.

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This day last year: Q.1012


A Spanishman, whose name we couldn't or wouldn't find, whose house was repossessed and later auctioned in 1998. The notice, still available on a Spanish paper's website, resulted in what major change to a facet of online media in mid-2014, thanks to a court ruling?

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This day last year: Q.1009


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In 2014, after a regime change, Ajit Doval became India's new National Security Advisor. A former undercover agent in Pakistan and UK, he was the first policeman to be awarded the Kirti Chakra, particularly for his role in "Operation Black Thunder" in 1988 to flush out militants from which specific location?

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This day last year: Q.1006


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This sport's World Cup is held in the same year as the FIFA World Cup by a body called FIQA. Similar to football, goals are scored by sending something through a designated area. But, unlike football, this sport is mostly played in the air.

The 2014 edition was also held in South America (in the Patagonian desert), in April 2014. The opening ceremony was said to have witnessed a scuffle between members from Fiji and Norway.

Which fictional sport?

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This day last year: Q.1005